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Virtually every sector of the economy is affected by the government. Fates, futures, and bottom lines often shift substantially as a result of governmental decisions. Those who can shape decisions have a competitive edge. To achieve their goals, companies and other organizations need timely and relevant information, and the ability to identify and access the right government officials about issues and proposed legislation or regulations that affect them.

The K&L Gates policy group operates at the intersection of public policy, law, and business.  Founded four decades ago, at a time when few law firms had lobbying practices, the policy group has grown from a single lobbyist to become the largest of any fully integrated global law firm. A number of publications, including Chambers USA, a leading guide to the legal profession, have ranked the practice as one of the premier policy practices in the nation most recently in their 2014 edition, acknowledging that the firm “consistently ranks among the nation’s most influential law firms in lobbying and government policy work.”  In July 2014, K&L Gates was ranked among the top five law firms in the National Law Journal's Influence 50 survey.

The team’s successes are built on a philosophy that emphasizes a deeply substantive and teamwork-based approach to public policy. Our goal is to understand a policy issue from every direction – substantively and politically – and to use the collective knowledge and experience of our team to help a client achieve its objectives and successfully maneuver through the policy lifecycle: legislation to regulation and dispute resolution. This approach has worked for four decades, which is why the policy group has thrived through eight administrations and 21 Congresses. Likewise, our state policy practice can effectively meet clients' needs in states with dynamic political climates.

The Public Policy and Law group has nearly 50 bipartisan lawyers and policy professionals with 500 years of combined experience in federal and state government. We also help solve clients’ policy and regulatory needs around the globe with offices in world capitals in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Our state policy practice has a strategic geographic footprint, with regional headquarters in Pennsylvania, Texas, and North Carolina. Our members include:

  • Slade Gorton, a former U.S. Senator from Washington;
  • James Walsh, former U.S. congressman from central New York;
  • Bart Gordon, former U.S. congressman from Tennessee;
  • Emanuel Rouvelas, former U.S. Senate Commerce Committee counsel and top Democratic lobbyist;
  • Dick Thornburgh, former attorney general of the United States and the former governor of Pennsylvania; and
  • Numerous others, including the former general counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency; a Democratic National Committee member; the chief trade counsel of the Senate Finance Committee; and White House officials, congressional committee counsels, senior executive branch officials, congressional chiefs of staff, leadership staff, senior counsel at various government agencies, senior gubernatorial aides, military officials, and others.

A Policy Team with a Global Reach
Members of our Public Policy group join forces with our Global Government Solutions® practice and together, provide a uniquely effective set of capabilities to help clients deal with governments around the world. Our Global Government Solutions initiative brings together lawyers from various practice disciplines located in fully integrated offices in the primary political, commercial, and financial centers of North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and South America, including 13 world capitals.

Our geographic reach, coupled with the depth and breadth of our practice positions us to advance client interests efficiently and effectively and to develop and execute coordinated strategies in multiple locations. Our widespread global network allows us the opportunity to respond to clients’ needs in a timely manner by delivering exceptional service from an experienced team that is not affected by cross-border limitations.

In their 2013 guide, Chambers said, “The firm's global government solutions initiative relies on smart interaction between offices worldwide. This service is ideally suited to support clients whose policy objectives extend beyond the USA.”

Areas of Practice

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Government Affairs Advisor
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